From Nature

Part II: Nuts About Hornbills: What’s So Special About Them?


“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.” -William Blake There are many fascinating things about these amazingly weird looking birds; a couple of them are pretty obvious their colorful and in some species huge casques and large bills. The other one, which is not so obvious, but very interesting, is…

The Mighty Elephant, the Real King of the Savanna


“The premature elimination of elephants over much of their range represents one of the most wasteful mammalian tragedies of the century” -Iain Douglas-Hamilton, 1987 I’m closing these series of posts exactly one year after my unforgettable trip to the Masai Mara,  and for the end I left the best, my absolute favorite animal, the sweet…

From Dik-Dik to Eland, there is an Antelope for Everything


“One of the most impressive aspects of the African wildlife experience is the presence of up to a dozen different antelopes in the same area. Yet it was by taking measures to minimize competition by becoming different species that such a diverse array of antelopes came to exist in the first place.” -Robert D. Estes,…

And The Winner is The Secretarybird…


“It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.” Aesop, (620 BC – 560 BC) from The Jay and the Peacock Yes, I’m still talking about beautiful animals. How can’t I, after being in such an amazing place where nature is at its best? A sight to be seen, this peculiar and gorgeous bird…

And The Most Photogenic Animal in the African Savanna is?


The zebra… “There is a place where the grass meets the sky, and that is the end” -Maasai saying Now you probably wonder, why? or how did you arrive to this conclusion? Well, first as I always say when I begin a post about something that not everybody will agree with, this is my own…

The Greatest Spectacle on Earth…


“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature…” By Frank Lloyd Wright Yes, indeed…Every year millions of us along with hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles are responsible for the most spectacular mass movement of terrestrial mammals anywhere in the world. Thousands of people around the world come to the Masai Mara between…

Falling in Love with Black and White All Over Again…


“Life is like a good black and white photograph, there’s black, there’s white, and lots of shades in between.” -Karl Heiner My passion for photography began many years ago, too many to count, inspired by the B&W work of the great masters. Besides collecting portfolios by Margaret Bourke-White, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Amsel Adams and…

Soreq Cave: A masterpiece of Nature


“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration” -Claude Monet Back in 1987, while living in Israel and working for the George S. Wise institute of Life Science at the University of Tel Aviv, I was invited to spend a weekend of adventure at a Kibbutz in central Israel. My host,…

Jellyfishes: Terrifying Beauties


“From nearly microscopic tinkerbells to golden giants whose bells loom larger than beach umbrellas, you couldn’t dream up more exotic jellies than already exists” -Nora Danes, Jellies Living Art And terrifying they are, particularly if you happen to be swimming in the ocean and finding one or more pulsating their way in the water right…